Driving Adventures

This afternoon as we were getting ready to go to martial arts, Mimi said something about it raining out.  I just looked at her like she was nuts because I knew it wasn’t raining.  She told me to look outside. To humor her, I did…and sure enough, it was pouring outside. I have no idea how I was so unaware of all that rain coming down from the sky.  (Although it is quite possible that all those Christmas carols blaring out could have masked the sound of it)

Feeling a bit a apprehension, I climbed into the passenger seat so that KT could drive.  (She is, after all, eligible for her license in fifteen days…not that anyone is counting or anything.) I urged my girl to go slow as there was standing water all over the roads. (And that says a lot in this hilly area) A few minutes into the drive, I started to notice that those big fat raindrops were getting to be a bit slushy. 

I couldn’t decide if I should mention that to her or not.  I was thinking of the first time I had seen slush falling on my windshield.  It was all I could do to keep my eyes on the road as I was so fascinated with what I thought were snowflakes.  KT shook her head at me when I told her this.  She, unlike me, had grown up watching the slush falling on the glass. 

The slush was easy enough to deal with as it just quickly melted away.  I kept reminding myself that this was good experience for when KT actually did get her license.  (Not that I’m really going to allow her to drive in that kind of weather or anything!)  When the first snowflakes began to fall, I began to panic.  When it started to stick to the road, I was a bundle of nerves.  The only thing that made KT nervous was the sight of her mother, cringing and cowering in the passenger seat. 

Somehow, we managed to make it downtown with only one small mishap.  KT slid a little tiny bit coming up to a stop sign.  (Yes, I know it’s good for her to experience a safe little skid, but it wasn’t so good for me)

When it was time to go home, Mimi pointed out the car across from us that was covered in snow.  I knew it had to belong to the woman that was shouting out to the entire office supply store that it was  “coming down hard, right up the hill!” I was pretty sure that it was the hill that we usually went home on. 

As I started to climb into my usual passenger seat, Mimi pleaded with me to be the one to drive us home.  She didn’t think her sister could handle a road that looked like that car.  Despite the fact that I knew the right thing to do was to let my teen get her practice in, I had to really fight to be strong and not grab those keys.  

KT slowly drove up the hill.  It was just wet at first.  Then we started seeing the snow.  Lots of snow.  (Just remember that “lots” can be a relative term)  I’m quite proud to announce that we made it home without incident.  KT in her calm and cool way, did a wonderful job navigating in her first snow.

Of course, it did take Mimi and I quite a while to pry our fingernails out of the car seats…

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0 Responses to Driving Adventures

  1. Carol says:

    It SNOWED here today? I swear, I’m so out of it!!

    Carol

  2. Karina says:

    My first experience driving in the snow was in the middle of a blizzard with a driver’s ed teacher…it’s no wonder I still hate driving in the snow…she wasn’t the nicest teacher…sort of like a drill sergeant…ah memories!

    Congrats to KT for handling it all so well!

  3. Jay says:

    My mother wasn’t in the car with me that first time I drove on snow and slush. In fact, I’m not sure she’ll get in the car with me driving on snow and slush even today! LOL

  4. Susan says:

    Carol~Yeah it did! It started around 5:30, got really heavy around six. It had stopped by 6:30 and you couldn’t really tell that it had ever snowed…except on 165th, a fair amount stuck there and the road was quite slushy.

    Karina~No fun! Growin up in San Diego, the snow terrifies me.

  5. Susan says:

    Jay~You just snuck in there! Would it be bad to say I wouldn’t blame her? She is a very wise woman after all. 🙂

  6. Lynne says:

    Slush is okay until it freezes. Then you’re in trouble! Isn’t snow kind of unusual for you there?

  7. Stephanie says:

    WHAAA! We didn’t get any snow 🙁 I’m totally bummed now.

  8. Mojokat says:

    Congrats to KT for doing a great job on her frist snow driving, and congrats to you and Mimi for surviving! =-)

    I have been horrible at blogging regularely, but have enjoyed your daily blogs! Great job! =-)

  9. robinellablog says:

    Glad you made it home safely. So did your comment mean you are playing FM next week and you need to look back over the year OR did it mean you’ll have fun seeing what everyone else finds from the past year. Let me know.

  10. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Sounds like she did great! i made it through teaching 4 kids to drive and I remember with my first that I thought for sure she was going to sideswipe a big yellow maintenance truck and leave my black car looking like a bumblebee. 🙂

  11. mrsgatt says:

    My daughter has been driving for five week–yikes! We haven’t had to deal with the snow/slush issue. I admire your courage.

  12. Shari says:

    You remember the excitement….the can’t wait feeling you get when you are old enough to drive, but you don’t think about what a parent goes through. Now I don’t know how I will feel when my kids start driving. Is it asking too much that the roads stay waterproof?

  13. gawilli says:

    We had a big old navy blue Chevy Caprice with a V-8 engine when both of my kids started driving. Both of them wrecked it – my son had more than his fair share. I begged the repair shop not to total it after the last accident. When we went to pick it up I noticed a thin powder blue line painted down the sides that wasn’t there before. The owner had taken it upon himself to add the pinstripe which he proudly told me was a “force field”, because “you need it”. Amazingly enough it was never even nicked after that!

    It sounds to me like KT has it all together. I still have a hard time riding in the car with my daughter some times. Thank heavens for those convenient little handles they put above the passenger side windows!

  14. Susan says:

    Lynne~Yes…thankfully!

    Stephanie~If it makes you feel better, I’m not sure how much came by my house, and none of it stuck here…

    Robinella~I’m in…but you already have me on your list!

    Lisa~A bumblebee isn’t so bad…

    Mrs. G~How’s it been so far? I dread that first time she goes out on her won.

    Shari~sounds like a plan to me. Can we have it lined with rubber too?

    Gawilli~I love the idea of a force field. Hmmmm….I wonder how the MomMobile would look with one???

  15. robinellablog says:

    Well, um, yes I do. How’d that happen? Thanks.

  16. Debbie says:

    I am glad you made it home. 🙂